The South Portland Public Library welcomes the bluegrass band, Old Eleven, for the next After Hours concert at the Main Library on Saturday, March 10, at 7:00 p.m. Old Eleven makes its brand of bluegrass music with reverence, wit and top-shelf musicianship honed from years of picking in living rooms, festival campfires and stages from Maine and beyond. The group draws deeply from the bluegrass well, while also delivering new twists on traditional tunes and a repertoire of finely honed original material. Old Eleven’s warm three-part harmonies and blazing instrumental work are the cornerstones of the band’s unique and impassioned bluegrass music, straight from Maine.
Ted DeMille (guitar, vocals) lends his powerful voice and remarkable original tunes to Old Eleven. A prolific songwriter, Ted’s songs have been recorded by several national bluegrass artists and he has taught the art of songwriting in workshops around New England. Ted’s long career in the Maine bluegrass world has seen him play in some of the state’s most beloved groups, including North Star and Erica Brown & the Bluegrass Connection.
Chris Dombrowski (bass) has been playing bluegrass bass since he turned 15. Chris’ musical path wound through New York, the Carolinas and North Florida before arriving in Maine in 1990. He’s provided the anchor for a variety of bands, from traditional bluegrass groups to more contemporary jazz-influenced acoustic groups. Chris has played in many New England bluegrass bands including The Oakhurst Boys, The Fogg Brothers, and Wide Open Spaces.
Eli Gilbert (banjo, vocals) is a recent graduate of the bluegrass studies program at East Tennessee State University, and spent several years studying jazz at Johns Hopkins University. He’s toured with groups such as Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome and Laura Orshaw & The New Velvet Band. When he’s not playing with Old Eleven, Eli holds down banjo duties in the touring band Dreamcatcher and teaches at 317 Main Street Community Music Center in Yarmouth, Maine.
Lincoln Meyers (guitar, vocals) is an award-winning guitarist whose 30-year career has seen him touring with national acts such as Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen and The April Verch Band and being featured on the cover of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine. Lincoln currently teaches guitar at 317 Main Street Community Music Center in Yarmouth, Maine.
Taylor Smith (mandolin, vocals) fell in love with bluegrass more than 20 years ago after borrowing a Hot Rize cassette tape. He put his guitar back in the case, picked up a mandolin and has spent the intervening years digging deeply into the instrument and the history of the music. Taylor also plays with Portland bluegrass stalwarts Cumberland Crossing and has been a member of a number of Maine-based bands, including the Saccarappa Boys and Cribstone Bridge.
After Hours concerts are free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7:00 p.m. After Hours is sponsored by the Friends of the South Portland Public Library. For more information, call Circulation at 767-7660 x 2.